Joe Root tells England to focus after Virat Kohli was dropped twice

Joe Root tells England to focus after Virat Kohli was dropped twice

All the best story-lines have been used before, or so they say, but the one for this England v India five-Test series has been used only once - when the central figure was even more arresting, and even more dominant in his sport, than India's captain Virat Kohli. Welcome to the live blog for what promises to be another intriguing Test match.

However with India's batsmen severely tested by England's seamers in the first Test, and England usually more comfortable picking a seam-dominated attack, it would not be surprise should Woakes ultimately be named in the final XI, his overall chances of selection perhaps slightly lower than Moeen's but not by much.

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"Playing for India and captaining my country is a big honour for me and I am definitely leaving no stone unturned when it comes to that; interacting getting in there, helping the guys wherever I can from the strategy point of view as well". He has reached a 1000 first-class runs in just 15 matches and is the first division's stand-out batsman this season with 684 runs at 85. India take on hosts in the second Test at Lord's beginning Thursday.

We witnessed an absolute cracker at Edgbaston in the opening Test with India just falling short of the target. On the bowling front, they will be tempted to play two spinners but if that happens, it will be interesting to see who gets left out. At the same time, your batsmen need to make runs. He bowls a ball that spins away and one that spins back in. It was Sam Curran, who made runs, otherwise, England were 70/7 (87/7). He said that the Indian batsmen need to adjust to situation instead of being aggressive. They don't have to look beyond their skipper Virat Kohli for inspiration. I think that matters a lot, you should have a clear plan of what you want to do in the next 30 deliveries and that plan more often than not, is not aggression. It's a tempting thought to field two spinners but we will have to take a call on that depending on the team balance. "As a batting unit, we have discussed that", the skipper said. He's obviously batted at (number) six for Surrey this season but having seen him play a little bit and you know the way his game is set up, I think it's very much transferable to bat at number four in test cricket. "But we only need to bring down the margin of error and beyond that we don't need to worry too much".

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